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Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #24: Grateful

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for a new Open-Minded Crafting Challenge.  This challenge focuses on being grateful and comes at a time when most American’s are celebrating Thanksgiving and thinking about what they are grateful for in their lives.  You can also make a traditional Thank you card or anything that you are grateful for.  As usual our sponsors have some generous prizes for our randomly chosen winners.  The Design Team will also choose their favorite entries and those cards will be showcased on the Open-Minded Crafting Blog.  The challenge will remain open until Friday, December 5, 2014, so I look forward to seeing what you are thankful for.

Now let’s see what those prizes are:

Prize: 3 Images of Winners Choice

\Digistamps 4 JoyPrize: 5 Images of Winners Choice

2015sponsorbadge_zps4b506fa0Prize: 3 Images of Winners Choice

JustSomeLines_zps404407dePrize: 4 Images of Winners Choice

TSCBadge_zps70f2a507Prize: 3 Images of Winners Choice

Now, how about some inspiration?  This week I chose A Day For Daisies digital image to highlight.  She’s called, “Tender Thoughts“.  I just love this sweet image.  When I saw it I immediately thought she is at prayer thankful for all she has.  I colored her using watercolors and I used the horizontal & flag dies from My Favorite Things and sentiment from WPlus 9.  The paper is Simple Stories “Vintage Bliss”.  I can’t wait to see what you are grateful for!

Grateful 24-WM

Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #91: Anything Goes!

Happy Saturday Friends!  As we come into the holiday season, Send a Smile 4 Kids is offering a challenge that will work for everyone, “Anything Goes”.  If you are not aware, Send a Smile 4 Kids is a great organization that provides cards to hospitalized children.  It is especially important to support this cause during this time of year when I’m sure it’s really hard to be away from your family.  Check out the guidelines for card submission.  We’d love to see some of your cards for this Anything Goes challenge that will run through November 30, 2014.  We also have some great sponsors who are offering very generous gifts for your randomly chosen entries.  The design team will also chose their favorites and those winners will be featured on the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog!

Our sponsors are:

1) Kenny K Downloads is offering a 3 digital images of winners choice

2) Doodle Pantry is offering a $10 gift certificate

3) Fred She Said is offering $10 gift certificate

Now for some inspiration!  My first card is from Kenny K Downloads and features Skateboard Girl who is colored with Copic Markers and designed with Simple Stories 6 x 6 paper called “DIY Boutique.”   The sentiment and label is from My Favorite things edged with my micron pen for faux stitching.

Kenny K; Skateboard Girl

Kenny K; Skateboard Girl

My second card is from Doodle Pantry called “Winter Critters“.    What I love about Doodle Pantry is you get both colored and line digital images, which is great when you need a really quick card.  They also have great sentiments that are just perfect for Send a Smile 4 Kids cards.  For this image I chose to use watercolor on Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper.  The circle die is My Favorite Things.

Furry Friends - wm



Watercolor Leaf – Thanks

Playing with my new Kuretake watercolor set based on an idea from Kathy Racoosin.  I used the Tim Holtz Maple leaf stamped in Gathered Twigs then watercolored with oranges, greens, and browns.  I stamped the background leaves with markers in the same shades.  The tag is Papertrey Ink and the card base is Bazzill Peanut Fudge.

Thanks Watercolor Leaf

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Brown Sugar Challenge: Thanksgiving 

Catered Crop: Thanks

Paper Players #221: Color

Marker Pop: Thanksgiving/Fall

Crafting By Design: Thanks

Exploring Art Journaling Pages 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Wow – this is a lot of pages!  I’ve had a great weekend catching up on my 30 day Art Journaling Challenge using Christine Urias’ “Exploring Art Journaling 4” class at  

Day 17’s page uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Daubers to make flowers.  I topped all of them with a TON of stickles because I have lots of them and can’t really use them on my Operation Write Home cards.  I got that idea from Joggles U-tube channel.


Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 18 uses a lettering technique to make large statement words.  The pages starts on a base of Gelatos and I used Sharpie Paint markers for the colored letters.  I have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn when it comes to hand lettering, but I have to say it really interests me and found a great book on Amazon called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by JoAnne Sharpe.

4 - Day 18; Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering w/Sharpie


Day 19 is a fun page I really like and uses some watercolor paint and salt to make some fun background texture.

Watercolor & Salt

Watercolor & Salt

Day 20 uses die cuts collaged on the page and then using the new Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint over them.  If you haven’t tried her paints I would highly suggest it.  They are FABULOUS.  I have a ton of paints and I tell you the vibrancy and texture of this is like using butter.  It’s fabulous.  Hobby Lobby is now carrying the line so I’ll be there to pick up the other colors very soon.

This page felt chaotic to me, so I came up with the theme “lost ?”, because as humans, we all feel that way and I’m sure most everyone can relate. It’s life and that’s what Art Journaling is meant for, expression.

4 - Day 20; Die cut Texture

Die Cut Collage

Last, Day 21 is a favorite so far.  The technique is stamping into transparent molding paste for texture.  To do this you apply a fairly even, thin layer of translucent molding paste, then simply stamp into it, letting it dry and painting over it with distress paints in shaded lilac and picked raspberry.  I cut out some of the newsprint collage sheets for flowers and the butterfly and used some old stamps from my stash.  I like that the little girl in the top right corner almost looks like me when I was a little girl.  I hated that pixie, but that’s what I was given. I did some hand patterning around the edges that I learned from the Sakura website.  They have some great video’s, so I’d check them out.

4-Day 21; Translucent Gel Stamping

Stamping in Translucent Gel

Try Stampin’ on Tuesday: Challenge #182

It’s Tuesday and time for another Try Stampin’ on Tuesday card inspiration.  We continue the summers mission, which is to work with what makes us happy while using the sketch provided.  This card really speaks to what makes me happy this summer in the way of art and that is using watercolors.  I just love this new watercolor craze, don’t you?   It’s easy to create beautiful art.  This weeks sketch is also perfect for using watercolors so I hope you will come on by and enter a card using this sketch:

TST Sketch 85



After white heat embossing my Hero Arts image, I went in rainbow order  (ROYGBV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet) and added watercolor to the left side of the card following the sketch provided.  I then added my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, splattered some black ink also  from my watercolors and called her done.  I just smile when I see this card and I do hope you like it.  So, come on by and see us at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday and show us how you would use our sketch.

Bokeh Technique

Bokah Card


Bokah examples

Happy Saturday!  I saw this cool video from WPlus 9 that teaches how to do the Bokeh technique easily.  You can find it here.  I used liquid acrylics from Liquitex for this project and Colorbox pigment ink in “Frost White”.  The sentiments are from WPlus9  and the sequence are from my stash. The cool thing is I made my own stencil from Tim Holtz masking sheets and circle dies from My Favorite Things. Check it out:

Bokah Stencil

Making your own stencils allow you to make whatever size you want and you don’t have to worry about the medium used on it or if it gets ruined. These come in 6  by 12 sheets so you can make your own 6 x 6 stencils.  Very fun. I will warn you that you do need to run the dies through a few times and make sure you put in a shim.

Just love a fun creative Saturday.  Please stop by and let me know what you are doing in your craft room today.

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Friday Mash-UP: Bokeh or Die Cut or Both

Artbymiran Challenge: ATG

Pinspirational Challenge: 121


Online Card Classes – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – Day 1 – Card 2


Here is my interpretation of Kristina Werner’s example of using background stamps after watercoloring them in class for Day 1 in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class at Online Card Classes.  I used the Penny Black “Retro” background stamp and watercolored it after clear heat embossing.  I then highlighted the details of the stamp with a fine brush, thereby adding pops of color.  I then used a My Favorite Things die for sentiment and stars.  The Happy is from WPlus9 “hello” set.  The background stamp on the card base is Impression Obsession stamped with Hero Arts Shadow inks in lemon yellow, lime green, and soft stone.  The frame is from a scrap I watercolored previously – never throw away those scraps!


This second card uses the Penny Black base as noted above.  I stacked up the black birthday die multiple times, then used wink of stella, which can’t really be appreciated in the scan.  Happy sentiment is Clearly Besotted.

I’m looking forward to Day 2 of the Online Card Class, but for now, I’m off to work!

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Crafting By Designs: ATG

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Seize the Birthday: Yellow

Operation Write Home: ODB – Stars

Watercolor Tissue Paper


Card made using Technique Junkies Watercolor Tissue Paper technique.  Die Cut from Simon Says Stamp and Ribbon Ellen Hutson freebie from my recent order.  Thanks Ellen.  Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug.

So Yummy

So Yummy

So Yummy

Card made with Stamping Bella by Mo Manning Rubber Stamp called Lacy with Ice Cream colored with a watercolor wash background and white embossing powder.  The Design is based on sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges 241 and the paper is Lawn Fawn.  Sentiment is Claudine Helmuth and the circle is a bazzill chip sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray in “Pretty in Pink Pink” (yes, two pink’s). The circle die is My Favorite Things.  I topped it off with some sequins and did a little distressing.

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Crazy 4 Challenges 241; Sketch

The Paper Players 202: Tic Tac Toe

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Friday Mashup 166: Sequins

Brown Sugar Challenge: Color




Today’s card is a digital image by The Paper Shelter colored with copics and splattered with watercolor paint.  The paper is from a few different paper packs, Plus-One from Amy Tangerine (yellow), Wonderland from Studio Calico (red pattern) and Happy Days by Echo Park (black diamond).  Additional stamping is from My Favorite Things “Meet Me at the Cafe”.

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